# [R] Micro-point with pch=16?

Boris Steipe boris.steipe at utoronto.ca
Mon Apr 7 18:14:08 CEST 2014

```The semantics of R svg output are quite simple. The points (drawn as pch=16) are each in a single <path ... /> element in one line, drawn as two cubic Bezier curves with absolute coordinates (cf. http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG11/paths.html#PathDataCubicBezierCommands).

(example: linebreaks and indents for clarity)
<path style=" stroke:none;fill-rule:nonzero;fill:rgb(0%,0%,0%);fill-opacity:1;"
d="
M 397.640625 528.933594
C 397.640625 532.53125 392.238281 532.53125 392.238281 528.933594
C 392.238281 525.332031 397.640625 525.332031 397.640625 528.933594
"
/>

Every C element specifies a curve going from the last previous point to a next point, subject to two control points. Here, the first point is (397.640625, 528.933594) and the second point is (392.238281, 528.933594). Therefore ((397.640625 + 392.238281)/2, (528.933594 + 528.933594/2)) is the centre of the circle and abs(397.640625 - 392.238281) is its diameter.

You could:
- encode the range of properties you want in some way in the plot symbol
e.g. size as the log of the ratio, or encoding it into the color
- process the svg file, identify the path elements
- calculate center and desired size
- replace the path element of the svg with an appropriate circle
(see http://www.w3.org/TR/SVG11/shapes.html#CircleElement)

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Perhaps though, since all you want to do is to encode Z distance, applying transparency would achieve a comparable effect (see: ?rgb ).

Cheers,
B.

On 2014-04-07, at 11:00 AM, Андрей Парамонов wrote:

> 07.04.2014 18:53, Boris Steipe пишет:
>> Since you won't be able to see the effect on-screen, how about a little script that post-processes the SVG?
>> B.
>
> It would be the way-to-go, but I'm not sure how to
> 1) determine which point corresponds to which element in svg file,
> 2) modify those mysterious path elements.
>
> Probably there is a way to monkey-patch some internal procedure?
>
> Best wishes,
> Andrey Paramonov
>
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